Cambridge student says sorry
The still-unnamed student said:
I understand that this edition has caused deep offence and hurt to very many people, both inside and outside Clare, through its derogatory references to individuals and also to various groups, including women, Jews, Christians and Muslims.
A spokesman for the college revealed that both the general editor and guest editor were formally reprimanded by the Dean of Students.
Azim Mumtaz, the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in Cambridge, is pleased:
Religion teaches us that God is merciful and forgives, and we should forgive others as well, so long as this student realised the impact of their actions and that this was wrong.
This is what Mumtaz regards as wrong:
(Hat tip Harry’s Place
UPDATE (19 April) David T at Harry’s Place reports that students at Clare college are understandable baffled by the apology, given its wide-ranging nature. From a note:
No-one at Clare has the first clue what was supposed to have offended Jews in that edition of Clareification. You may recall that the Master had claimed that gays were also one of the offended parties. Again, we’re not quite sure how (or at what point they stopped being offended).
It looks as if the College wants Muslims to appear to be one of many groups who were caused offence, so as not to single out that one group.
(Though I doubt that they sent the student into hiding for fear of spontaneously exploding homosexuals